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Environment Committee must show leadership that Wilson lacks

17 December, 2008

Sinn Féin Environmental Spokesperson and North Antrim MLA Daithí McKay has said that the Environment Committee in the Assembly has to take the lead in regard to the issue of Climate Change because of the irresponsible position that the Environment Minister Sammy Wilson has taken up. Mr McKay was speaking as the Environment Committee issued its terms of reference for its inquiry into climate change which is due to commence in January 2009.

Mr McKay said

"Members of the public have major concerns about Sammy Wilson's flippant approach to the issue of climate change, as do the majority of Assembly members - including members of the Minister's own party.

"The rest of the world is getting to grips with this issue whilst our Environment Minister sits on his hands so the Assembly's Environment Committee has to try and make up for this deficit in leadership and this new inquiry will help to do that.

"We intend to produce a report on Climate Change and present findings and recommendations by September 2009. This will include proposals on what actions should be taken to mitigate the impact of climate change and how the Assembly might conduct more effective scrutiny of climate change responsibilities across all relevant departments.

"The fact that this inquiry has been put in place as quickly as it has is to be welcomed and will send out a message to the general public that this committee is prepared to act in a responsible way about a serious issue. Whilst the DUP Minister adopts a blinkered approach and makes jokes about Climate Change, we will act in the public's best interest." ENDS

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